Friday night at the Rath features a pair of eclectic acts. Headlining the evening is Franz Nicolay. Franz has been a mainstay of the New York indie rock scene since he got his start in the early part of the 21st century when he joined the World/Inferno Friendship Society. Nicolay is notable for being a member of the acclaimed indie rock band The Hold Steady for five years. Since leaving The Hold Steady in 2010, Nicolay has released two solo albums, Luck and Courage in 2010 and Do the Struggle in 2012. Nicolay has also appeared with such acts as Against Me! and has sat in the producer chair for bands such as Pearl and the Beard and Anna Vogelzang.
Speaking of Anna Vogelzang, she will be appearing in support. This Boston born singer who currently resides here in Madison is a unique blend of Americana and Soul music. This 2010 Madison Songwriter Showdown Winner’s most recent album, Canary in a Coal Mine, featured Nicolay and one shouldn’t be surprised if the two of them share the stage on Friday.
Between the smooth sounds of Vogelzang and the eclectic talents of Nicolay, this is a can’t miss night for a fan of indie rock. Check out a video from Franz Nicolay and Anna Vogelzang below:
Franz Nicolay – “This is Not a Pipe”
Anna Vogelzang – Volcanoes